Trees and shrubs

Majestic towering trees compete with emblematic shrubs to decorate gardens throughout the year. Here’s all you can expect from your shrubs and trees.

Tamarisk native and invasive ranges

Tamarisk can be classified into three species: Tamarix aphylla, T. parviflora, and T. ramosissima. On some continents, it is reported as an invasive species since it crowds native vegetation out. Here are a few maps that show the distribution of Tamarix
Tamarisk, invasive and native ranges

Where is Russian Olive invasive or native?

Russian olive, or Elaeagnus angustifolia, is native to Europe. On other continents, it is reported as an invasive species since it crowds native vegetation out. Here are a few maps that show the distribution of Russian olive
Invasive Russian Olive in Montana

Honey locust, a sweet giant – with massive thorns!

If you’ve got a large garden, go ahead and plant a Gleditsia triacanthos, you’ll savor its cool shade during summer. And, you’ll marvel at the honey locust‘s sweet fall fruit pods in fall and winter.
Honey locust planting and care

Sweetgum, a very ornamental tree

The sweetgum tree is reputed for its nice star-shaped leaves and the flamboyant yellow, orange and red hues it displays in fall.
Sweetgum tree in fall

Hophornbeam, very ornamental

European hophornbeam is a beautiful ornamental tree that can reach quite an impressive size when fully mature.
Hop hornbeam leaves and flowers

Caucasian elm, delicate yellow leaves in fall for a hardy-proof winter

Caucasian elm facts Name – Zelkova carpinifolia Family – Ulmaceae Type – tree Height – 100 feet (30 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – ordinary Foliage – deciduous Flowering – April Planting Caucasian elm Indifferently, in fall or spring. Follow our guidelines on planting trees. This is a very hardy tree, down to -10°F […]
Caucasian elm leaves

Blooming of shrubs one season at a time

To help you choose your shrubs depending on their blooming season, Nature-and-Garden recommends this selection of the most beautiful flowering shrubs for each season.
Shrubs that bloom all year round

Brugmansia, gigantic flowers!

Brugmansia, also called “Angel’s Trumpets” for the magnificent flowers shaped like trumpets, is a very interesting and ornamental shrub.
Dangling brugmansia flower opening up to reveal peach-colored blooms.

Bradford pear, the calleryana pear tree that went from true love to hate

A short-lived species in the Pear family, Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana) bears particularly abundant blooms in early Spring. Bradford pear key facts Name – Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’ Family – Rosaceae Type – tree Height – 30 to 50 feet (9 to 15 m) Exposure – full and part sun Soil – no special requirements Foliage – deciduous Flowering – March to […]
Wonderful white blooming of the Bradford pear tree

Bottlebrush buckeye

Bottlebrush buckeye is a shrubby tree that spreads more than it grows tall. It’s a relative of the chestnut tree and has the same leaves. Bottlebrush Buckeye facts Name – Aesculus parviflora Family – Sapindaceae Type – shrub Height – 6 ½ feet (2 meters) Exposure – full sun or part sun Soil – ordinary, well drained Foliage – deciduous Flowering – June to […]
Yellow leaves of bottlebrush buckeye in fall

Pruning boxwood, know it all

Running contrary to popular belief, the pruning of boxwood is actually very easy, and doesn’t endanger your shrub in the least. Pruning boxwood is a practice that
Boxwood pruning

A garden of colorful bark

Don’t let your garden turn all drab in winter! Make it evolve into a space that is appealing all year long by planting trees with highly ornamental bark.
Winter reveals the beautiful bark of the red dogwood.

Azalea japonica, the Japanese azalea

Azalea japonica is a small heath shrub that provides evergreen, bushy growth. Its main appeal, however, is the massive blooming: beautiful flowers ranging from pink to red, purple and white.
Bright pink blossoms cover an Azalea japonica with a few bright green leaves.

Trees with gold yellow leaves, bring the sun to the garden!

Fall is the season of nature’s grand finale, an explosion of color before a well-deserved rest. Like a show of fireworks, a culmination of powerful fiery bursts of color bursts forth from trees left and right in the scenery and in the garden. Gold in particular flashes and shines in all its rich tan-to-orange leaves, […]
Yellow-leaved trees

Barbary fig, the cactus with paddles and prickly pear fruits

Barbary fig key facts Botanical name – Opuntia ficus‑indica Common names – barbary fig, Mickey Mouse cactus, prickly pear, tree cactus Family – Cactaceae Type – perennial cactus Height – 15 feet (5 m) and more Exposure – full sun Soil – light, well-draining, any pH Hardiness – not hardy (minimum 50°F or 10 °C) […]
Barbary fig paddles

Willow shrubs, small but ever so elegant

Not all willows grow tall. Some stay short and cute! Here are some willow shrubs to discover. Wise willow facts Name – Salix Family – Salicaceae Type – shrub Height – 3 to 13 feet (1 to 4 m) Exposure – full sun Soil – cool Foliage – deciduous Flowering – March Planting willow shrubs Best planted in fall to promote root development before […]
Willow shrubs are willows that grow shorter than normal willow trees

Ash tree, a soft-hearted hardwood

Apart from its very hard wood and its elegant ornamental appeal, the ash tree has long been used for its health benefits and therapeutic properties.
Ash tree leaves outlined against the sky

Species and varieties of bright red or yellow dogwood

Dogwood trees illuminate the garden in winter with their colorful bark and elegant, wispy shoots that wrap themselves in diamond-like sheathes of frost. The stylish abstract bearing adds a modern touch to the garden.
Red and yellow species and varieties of dogwood, cornus

4 seasons Pieris

Pieris come in a multitude of varieties and put on a show all year round in the garden,
Flowers of the pieris shrub

Andromeda, a 4-seasons shrub

Andromeda is a shrub that stays beautiful from spring to winter thanks to abundant blooming in spring and changing flamboyant hues for the leafage during the rest of the year.
Andromeda is a type of shrub. As a plant, it is magnificent in all seasons
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